Every month Bayshore Elementary media center holds a research contest. Congratulations to Angela Castellon from Christine Mueller’s fifth grade class who won the most recent Media Center Contest by researching to find the names of books written by Martin Luther King Jr.
The Port St. Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion Orienteering Team recently ventured to Woodpecker West, a part of Ocala National Forest, to test their navigation skills against other Orienteering teams from across the state of Florida. This competition was the first real challenge for the Orienteering Team this year. Each team is sent out into the woods with nothing but a map and a compass to find several points and make their way to the finish line as fast as possible. The Port St. Lucie High School’s four teams placed first, second, seventh and eighth overall in the competition. The Jaguars look forward to thier next competition in March.
Students in three Allied Health Assisting classes at St. Lucie West Centennial High School recently completed a Financial Literacy Program in Mary Higgins’ and Elizabeth Durkee’s classes. The program consisted of 12 online modules and was completed as a class assignment. The program is offered through the nonprofit Debt Management Credit Counseling by Jason Athas, Manager of Educational Programs at Debt Management Credit Corps. He has been teaching these classes at Centennial for about seven years. Five of the students in the program received a perfect score, who are pictured, from left, Christa Oralus, Matt Leo, Jason Athas from DMCC, Levi Wesley, Taylor Ferruggia, and Holly Aldrich. All received a certificate for completing but also received a cash prize. Students were quoted as saying “I didn’t know credit was that important;” “It’s definitely something I need to pay attention to;” “The financial literacy program was a very good experience;” “All high school students should participate in this program. By learning about finances ahead of time, a person would be less likely to end up in a bad financial situation.”
Article submitted by Holly Aldrich
Fort Central High School held its Annual History Fair Luncheon at the Cobra Café recently to honor the winners of the school’s event. Over 500 students completed semester long projects in their World History and American History classes. The students with the most outstanding projects were selected to present their projects to a panel of judges. The winners enjoyed a formal luncheon prepared by culinary students of the Cobra Café and sponsored by the Fort Pierce Lions Club as the community celebrates student success. Fort Pierce Central High will be represented by 37 students at the district history fair at Westgate K-8. Pictured are honored students, along with students are Central teachers and Lions Club members Arin Terwilliger in the Lions vest at left, teacher Sharon Ortiz, and Lions member Barbara Belcher at right, and principal Todd Smith back right. Exhibit Winners include:
Amber Most and Samantha Maye
Janisha Chin, Sabrina Kennedy, Kimone Chin
Sharon Ortiz, History Fair Coordinator and Lions member
Jamir Howard, Jamal Howard, Jeremy Hagood
Miachael Schwerer/ Sharon Ortiz
‘The Great Awakening’
‘The Revolver Reaction’
1st place Sam Vaughn
2nd Place LaWanna Miller
Alex Wolf and Jasmine Sigmon
Bria Wheeler and Tollisha Lawson
Kathleen Swinford and Danielle Freeman
James Lowery, Nicole Votino, and Michael Gulbrandsen
The district winners in three categories — Youth, Adult, and Senior — volunteers for the year were honored at the February 14, 2012 St. Lucie County School Board meeting. The Youth Volunteer of the Year is Taylor Currie serving at Floresta Elementary School; the Adult Volunteer of the Year, Priscilla Vitagliano serves at Garden City Early Learning Academy; and the Senior Volunteer of the Year, William Arnold who serves at Northport K8 School, is pictured with, from left, Deputy Superintendent Sandy Wolfe, School Board chairman Carol Hilson, Arnold, Northport volunteer coordinator Lynne Gruszka, and principal Glenn Rustay.
Calvary Compassion Church members, a group of caring Treasure Hunters, will be recognized by the Board for a variety of contributions. They organized three huge events for Garden City Elementary, C.A. Moore Elementary and the families of Big Brothers/Big Sisters. They successfully put on a wonderful Fall Festival for families that was held on October 22, on Garden City’s campus. They also coordinated a Thanksgiving dinner give-away for these same families as well as Christmas gifts and needed items. This group of caring people organized everything as well as coordinated the various agencies and volunteers.
Students in Nardi Routten’s fourth grade class at F.K. Sweet Elementary School presented a check for over $500 to the mosquito control and marine and coastal management services to buy a sensor machine to help track sea turtles at the February 14, 2012 St. Lucie County School Board meeting. The students had entered into the Disney Planet Challenge. The local environmental issue they focused on was the restoration of marine habitats with a focus on sea turtles. Their activities included beach clean-ups, planting and measuring various species of mangroves, seining and water testing. The students also wrote a book about two baby sea turtles struggling to get back to their ocean home. Their story is based on research about specific species of sea turtles. The books have been selling for $5-$6 each, and proceeds from the sale of the books were represented by the mock check. Pictured, behind the students in the back row, from left, are F. K. Sweet Elementary principal Juanita Wright and assistant principal Kisha Bellande-Hinds, County Commissioner Tod Mowery, Mosquito Control Coordinator John Tucker, Deputy Superintendent Sandy Wolfe, and School Board chairman Carol Hilson.
Samuel S. Gaines Academy fourth grade teacher Barbara Bennett asked Superintendent Michael Lannon and other prominent local residents to come in and read to the fourth graders to celebrate Black History Month. Pictured is Mr. Lannon reading the book Follow the Drinking Gourd and talked about Black History Month. Students gathered in the hallway to listen to his story.
Windmill Point Elementary School was visited by storyteller Donna Washington who joined students recently for two special assemblies. Mrs. Washington resides in North Carolina and travels to schools to tell her wonderful stories. Pictured, from left standing, are Nazare Moore, Ms. Washington, and Dawkins Lormejuste. Seated from left, are Kailey Jocelyn, Morgan Mack, and Talia Ricketts.
Students in Eric Redding’s second grade at Allapattah Flats K8 class made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches as a culminating activity for their Expository Writing Unit. This activity focused on using specific details and descriptions in writing. Students were asked to list the steps to make the sandwich, and then were invited up to try it! The students learned that they might not have included all of the steps when making the sandwich, as it didn’t quite work out as planned. Students quickly realized what a difference details can make in writing. Pictured is Tatiana Holloway as she watches to see if her directions were clear enough to complete the sandwich. When the teacher is able to follow her steps and make the sandwich, she enjoys the benefits of her hard work as she eats her well-earned treat.
Southport Middle School received funds for the first wave of books to update the Media Center with new and high interest information for students. Corrine Earley and her husband Jim of Earley Learning Systems Inc. spent some time at Southport helping to shelve about 20 boxes full of new books. Pictured, from left, are Anita Mattia, Daniel Otero, Corrine Earley, Angela Mas and Jim Earley.
Elementary grades physical education classes at Allapattah Flats K8 has completed a unit on scooters. Students enjoyed scooter races, played scooter basketball and scooter hockey. The students improved arm and leg strength, coordination and spacial awareness and are now working on improving the 1 mile run/walk for the Presidential fitness challenge. Pictured, from left, are Alexis Allen and Chyna Nazario as they prepare for scooter hockey.
The media center at Southport Middle School hosted a book swap coordinated by Mary Kurtz-Seiden and Angela Mas. Students were able to bring in a new or gently used novel and swap from a variety of high interest new scholastic books. Popcorn and lemonade were served as students were given the opportunity to discuss the novels and swap with their friends. Pictured at right is Brian Velasquez, and left are Jamie Triplett, Kaylee Kegley, Sydney Dundee, Morgan Reed, Luke Hannah, Keala Sanders and other students enjoying some treats and picking out books to take home.
Congratulations to the Samuel Gaines Academy spelling bee winners. Pictured, from left, is third place winner, sixth grade student Marisol Aguilar, second place winner, eighth grade student Destiny Gamble, Principal Carolyn Wilkens, and first place winner, seventh grade student Jeremiah Flores.
Palm Pointe teachere Joanne Hilhorst proudly accepts a $2,000 check representing a grant she earned presented to her by Kathy McKenzie of AT&T and St. Lucie County Education Foundation president Michael Waninger. The grant was given to Mrs. Hilhorst and her biotechnology classes to create a phone application for the school. Students are very excited to get started on the project. Pictured, from left, are Michael Waninger, Kathy McKenzie from AT&T and Joanne Hilhorst.
Townes Pagano in Laurie Boyer’s third grade class at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition created an awesome bottle biography of President Grover Cleveland. Students were asked to create these bottles as part of their President’s Project in honor of President’s Day.
Melissa Bonet’s kindergarten students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition celebrated Valentine’s Day in style! The letters Q and U got married and agreed to stay together and make words. The entire class participated in the ceremony. The officiate for the ceremony was second grade teacher Lorrie Rudzinski. The celebration wasn’t complete without an official wedding cake donated by Elizabeth Neal. Pictured are the bride Kaylie Fields, the groom Zion Sanguinetti, the rest of the class in the wedding party and teacher Melissa Bonet.
Approximately 50 students recenlty enjoyed a pizza lunch with principal Debra Snyder at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition. Students spent their hard earned “rocket fuel” to have the honor of eating with the principal. This is part of the PBS (Positive Behavior Support) program used at the school. Way to go Rockets and keep up the great work!
Forest Grove Middle school students recently spent a week “Shining a Light on Reading” in celebration of literacy. The soft lamplight provided great atmosphere for reading their favorite books. From left, students Elijah VanDenHam, Kevin Duan and Joseph Serafini from Charlene Carter’s reading class are engrossed in reading their books by lamplight.
Students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition dressed up as their heroes for a donation of $1.00 for the American Heart Association. This is an organization the school helps each year. This was one of several events planned to help this worthwhile cause. Pictured are students in first and second grade.